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Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #57, Winter 1981

Issue #56It can be said that issue number fifty-six is diverse enough to satisfy the palate of a reader from any generation. As is the case with all Malahats, this issue presents a pleasant mixture of poetry, artwork, and short stories. A particular poem that stands out is “For The Sea Turtles,” one of three by American poet Frannie Lindsay (1949-present). It is a brief poem that expresses the beauty of life’s journey and the cruelness of its end. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Robin Reniero).


Contests

Creative Nonfiction Contest Deadline EXTENDED to August 4, 2015

CNF Contest iconSince August 1 falls on a Saturday, and August 3 is a statutory holiday in B.C., we've extended the deadline for this year's CNF contest to August 4. Take advantage of these extra days to polish up your contest memoirs!

The new submissions deadline is for both emailed and postmarked (snail mail) entries. The online payment option will be removed by midnight PST August 4.

Entries should be between 2000-3000 words and cost $35 in Canada, $40 in the U.S., and $45 elsewhere. Additional entries cost $15 each and there's no limit to how many you can send in. Each entrant will receive a one-year subscription or renewal extension to The Malahat Review.

Get full details on entering the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest.


Contests

Meet This Year's Open Season Contest Judges

Kathy PageThe Malahat Review has announced a stellar list of contest judges for this year's Open Season Awards!

While still three months away (deadline is November 1), we're happy to showcase the three distinct writers who will act as final contest judges. In poetry, Griffin Prize-nominated Russell Thornton takes the epic stage. In fiction, Kathy Page, longlisted for the Giller Prize, steps up to the short story plate. And in creative nonfiction, City of Vancouver Book Award finalist Fiona Tinwei Lam jumps head-on into the world of truth.

Exciting news: the contest prizes for each category have been increased to $1500!

Read biographies from each of the three contest judges.

Learn more details about submitting to this year's Open Season Awards.


Reviews

Creative Nonfiction Book Review of The House with the Parapet Wall by John Terpstra

The House with the Parapet WallFour times per year on its website, The Malahat Review posts reviews of books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as they appear in each issue. Reviews are always highlighted online one month before issue publication to give readers a sample of what's new in the literary world.

In Issue 191, Summer 2015, Christin Geall reviews John Terpstra's nonfiction work, The House with the Papapet Wall. Here's a sample of her review:

"Do writers make the best readers? Or the most exacting? Reading Terpstra’s book, I wished I could have shut off my left brain to favour my right—to slow my analysis, absorb the work, and not dismantle the design of the book as a whole. But like the title suggests, The House with the Parapet Wall is about architecture and one can’t help notice its structure, how it is crafted of countless parts, parts that are constantly reframed and reprised."

Continue reading Christin Geall's book review of The House with the Parapet Wall.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #56, Fall 1980

Issue #56It can be said that issue number fifty-six is diverse enough to satisfy the palate of a reader from any generation. As is the case with all Malahats, this issue presents a pleasant mixture of poetry, artwork, and short stories. A particular poem that stands out is “For The Sea Turtles,” one of three by American poet Frannie Lindsay (1949-present). It is a brief poem that expresses the beauty of life’s journey and the cruelness of its end. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Elliot Hersant).


News

Congratulations to Mark Rogers, Winner of the 2015 Far Horizons Award for Fiction

Mark RogersThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winner of its 2015 Far Horizons Award!

Mark Rogers has won this year's Fiction award, which is given to emerging writers who have yet to publish works in book form. He receives a $1000 cash prize and his story, "Heaven and Back Again, or The Goddit," will be published in the Autumn 2015 issue of the Malahat.

Thanks to contest judge Elyse Friedman for choosing the winning story, and to all the entrants who sent in amazing works of fiction!

More details on the Far Horizons Award winner announcement page.


News

Long Poem Symposium Papers from the League of Canadian Poets' AGM on May 2015

Publishing TipsDuring the afternoon of May 30, 2015, as part of its annual general meeting in Winnipeg, the League of Canadian Poets hosted "Writing, Editing, and Publishing the Long Poem," a panel discussion on a genre that The Malahat Review has nurtured through the Long Poem Prize since 1988.

To coincide with the publication of The Malahat Review’s Summer 2015 issue, which showcases the two Long Poem Prize-winning poems by Gary Geddes and Genevieve Lehr, B.C. poets Kate Braid, Cornelia Hoogland, and Sharon Thesen have generously made the papers they delivered at the League's conference available on our website. Their remarks, which are an important addition to the critical literature, shed light on their attraction to, their experience at writing, and their understanding of the challenges and history of the long poem in Canada and elsewhere.

Read more about the Long Poem Symposium papers.


Interviews

Interview with Andrew Wachtel, CNF Translator for the Malahat's upcoming Summer Issue

Andrew WachtelMalahat editor John Barton talks with Andrew Wachtel about the pleasures and challenges of translating contemporary Russian author Anzhelina Polonskaya's work into English, notably her creative nonfiction piece, "Greenland."

JB: How long have you been translating the work of Anzhelina Polonskaya? When did you first encounter her work and what drew you to it?

AW: I first encountered the work of Anzhelina Polonskaya in 1999. At that time, I was organizing a poetry festival at Northwestern University entitled “The Lands, Three Generations,” which brought poets from Poland, Russia, and Slovenia together with translators and critics. We asked Andrei Voznesensky for a recommendation of a poet of the youngest generation and he proposed Anzhelina. I translated her work for the conference booklet that we produced for the occasion. Subsequently, she asked me to produce more translations and we began to work closely together.

Read the full interview here.


Get Involved

Publishing Tip: Why All Writers Should Consider Writing Book Reviews

Publishing TipsThis month's Publishing Tip comes to you from Jessica Michalofsky, who argues for writing book reviews. It's not about the money anymore, nor is the old saying "Writers who can, write; writers who can't, criticize" relevant. Find out why!

Jessica Michalofsky's fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have been published in Geist, Joyland, Globe and Mail, The Winnipeg Review, Quarterly Conversation, Brick, The Rumpus, and Bookslut.

If you have a Publishing Tip you'd like to share, email us at malahat@uvic.ca, with "Publishing Tip Idea" in the subject line. Tips should be 750 words or less. If yours is accepted, you will be paid an honorarium of $50.

Read this month's Publishing Tip on writing book reviews.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #55, Summer 1980

Issue #55Issue 55 offers readers the opportunity to explore a contemporary creative landscape in which the translation of ideas, images, emotions and language merge to provide a wonderful international sampling of how modern literary and visual artists from Canada, Great Britain, the USA, Italy, Sweden, and the Czech Republic interpret their worlds. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Robin Reniero).


News

2015 Far Horizons Fiction Shortlist Announced

Long Poem PrizeWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Far Horizons Award for Fiction! Seven finalists have been chosen.

Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winner will be announced by July 16 online and through social media.

Far Horizons Award shortlist available here.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: July 2015 Edition

Jane SilcottLots of contest goodies in this e-newsletter!

Interviews: Jane Silcott, contest judge for the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize, lets readers in on the importance of voice in nonfiction; Andrew Wachtel, translator of Issue 191 contributor Anzhelina Polonskaya's nonfiction piece, "Greenland," discusses what it's like to translate her work and the status of creative writing in current-day Russia.

Contests: The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest is only a month away! Get those entries in and win $1000 plus publication.

More contests: announcing the shortlist for this year's Far Horizons Fiction Award.

Publishing Tip: past Malahat contributor Jessica Michalofsky offers advice to writers on book reviews, and why you should be writing them.

Discover all this and more in the July edition of Malahat lite.


Contests

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize: Submissions in Full Swing

CNF Contest iconFive weeks remain to get your entry in for this year's CNF contest!

We want to hear your real-life stories adorned with narrative and dialogue. Be like past winners Anne Marie Todkill, Carla Funk, Liz Windhorst Harmer, and Rebecca Foust... and win $1000 alongside publication. We'll also interview you about your story and let the world know what a great writer you are.

Entries should be between 2000-3000 words and cost $35 in Canada, $40 in the U.S., and $45 elsewhere. Additional entries cost $15 each and there's no limit to how many you can send in. Each entrant will receive a one-year subscription or renewal extension to The Malahat Review.

Deadline is August 1. This year's contest judge is Jane Silcott.

Get full details on entering the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest.


Reviews

Issue 191, Summer 2015 Book Reviews Online

Invasive Species

Break into summer with the best of new Canadian lit!

The Malahat's summer issue will be mailed to subscribers in late July, but you can enjoy the book reviews section right here, right now. Get a taste for what's trending in CanLit and head to your local bookstore to support these authors.

Reviews of poetry collections by Michael Prior, Claire Kelly, Stevie Howell, Christopher Levenson, Claire Caldwell, and Kerry-Lee Powell (both Caldwell and Powell are past Far Horizons and Long Poem contest winners, respectively); reviews of fiction by Alexandra Leggat, Matt Rader, and Denise Roig; and reviews of nonfiction by rob mclennan and John Terpstra.

Read the reviews from Issue #191's table of contents page.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #54, Spring 1980

Issue #54Any writer knows that it can be discouraging to have one’s work met with relative silence—few or no reviews and poor sales. But one of the wonderful things about the written word is the ability to last through the ages, and it is that quality that should hearten us in our dark hours. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Jay Ruzesky).


Subscribe

Summer Promo Deal Until September 8: One-Year Subscriptions for $15

Summer Sub Icon

The Malahat Review is offering discounted one-year subscriptions over the summer!

Between now and September 8, you can purchase a subscription for just $15 from anywhere in the world. That's four issues for less than $5 each! Buy one for yourself or a friend, or extend your current subscription.

See the summer subscription page for details.


Opportunities

Employment at The Malahat Review This Fall

Job IconWant to work for one of Canada's most prestigious literary journals?

We're on the hunt for a Social Media, Marketing & Circulation Manager to work at our University of Victoria office. If you're tech savvy, love social media, and have a keen eye for detail, then we want to hear from you!

This is a permanent, part-time out-of-service (non-unionized) position, 25 hours/week at $16.75/hour, plus 4% vacation pay, no benefits. This job cannot be done remotely; you must live in the Greater Victoria area. Flexible job start date (training mid-August, begin early September).

Applications will be accepted until July 3, 4:30 p.m.

Click here for full job description and details on sending in your application.


Interviews

Interview with Christine Wiesenthal, Poetry Contributor to Issue 190, Spring 2015

Christine WiesenthalMalahat volunteer Melissa Stephens recently spoke with Christine Wiesenthal about the mythic and the scientific in her poems, "Staphylococcus" and "Salmonella," both recently published in Issue 190, Spring 2015 of the Malahat.

MS: You're both a creative and academic writer. Are these distinctive crafts for you? Does your creative publication history ever influence or shape the direction and venue for your academic publishing?

CW: Are they distinctive? Yes and no, I think! Yes, in the sense that critical/academic writing comes from a more conscious place of intention and deliberation—and usually more systematic research, in advance or alongside the writing. The experience or impulse that feeds creative writing is less predictable. What you think you want to write about, and how, and what you actually do end up writing, and how—they are most often very different things.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #53, Fall 1979

Issue #53Editor Robin Skelton, in his prefatory Comment, bemoans the demise of the journal Canadian Literature in Translation, forced to shut down due to lack of support from The Canada Council. Skelton’s view is that the death of any magazine is to be mourned, but one that served to acquaint Canadians with international writing even more so. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: June 2015 Edition

Colin SnowsellThe first e-newsletter of the summer is here!

Interviews: Colin Snowsell talks sexual exploration and inherent violence in his Issue 190 fiction story, "Krankowsky"; Genevieve Lehr discusses the mythical and scientific in her Issue 190 poems, "Staphylococcus" and "Salmonella".

Job opportunities: we're hiring for our Social Media, Marketing & Circulation Manager position, with start date as late August. The applicant will be a tech-savvy individual who loves working with social media and is available to work from the Greater Victoria area, 25 hours a week.

Contests: The Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest is underway, and we're on the hunt for true stories adorned with narrative craft! Send us your life tales under 3000 words to win $1000 and publication in the Winter issue.

Discover all this and more in the June edition of Malahat lite.


Get Involved

Publishing Tips - Calling All Writers

Publishing TipsAs of May 2015, The Malahat Review will post "Publishing Tips" as a bimonthly guest column on its website and in the Malahat lite e-newsletter. Follow it in order to learn how to improve your professional skills, from the writing of cover letters, to what house style means, to choosing a rhyming dictionary, to having an author photo (as opposed to a selfie) shot.

If you have a Publishing Tip you'd like to share, email us at malahat@uvic.ca, with "Publishing Tip Idea" in the subject line. Tips should be 750 words or less. If yours is accepted, you will be paid an honorarium of $50.

Read the May 2015 entry, Paying to Submit to Literary Journals: Yay or Nay?


Interviews

Interview with Danny Jacobs, Poetry Contributor to Issue 190, Spring 2015

Danny JacobsMalahat volunteer L'Amour Lisik recently spoke with Danny Jacobs about industrial themes and linguistic edge in his two poems, "Fatberg" and "Refinery Plea" which appear in Issue 190, Spring 2015. His latest collection of poetry, Songs That Remind Us of Factories, was reviewed in Issue 186 and is available to read on the Reviews section of our site.

LL: What initially inspired you to write about something as gross as a fatberg? How much research went into your poems, “Fatberg” and “Refinery Plea”?

DJ: My wife works in plumbing; one day she e-mailed me an article about a particularly massive one of these things clogging London’s sewers—a lot of it slowly built up from flushed cooking oil and wet wipes. I had never heard of fatbergs before. Amazing! It was one of those too-good-not-to-write-a-poem moments. I mean, c’mon: the term alone demanded a poem. I had to at least try. And sure, they are gross, but I think they earn more than that. Imagine some Waste Management staffer faced with such a structure—he might go limp with a sense of the sublime.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #52, Fall 1979

Issue #52Poetry figures prominently in this issue with works submitted by Reiko Tsukimura, Meena Alexander, Anne Szumigalski, Diana Keating, Naomi Rachel, and Donna Dunlop. The poets plumb the depths of their interpersonal experiences, at times bringing solitary observation into a public sphere and, conversely, re-imagining communal fables as something deeply personal. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by stephen e. leckie).


News

Twitter Memoir Contest Grand Prize Winners

Twitter Memoir ContestCongratulations to Ross McKie and Amy Roher Antonini, the two grand prize winners of the Malahat's one-time Twitter Memoir Contest!

In collaboration with the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and the Greater Victoria Public Library, the contest ran from January 9 to April 24 to celebrate our annual symposium, WordsThaw, as well as the CNFC's annual conference. Both events were held in Victoria this past spring.

Every two weeks, the best tweet was chosen that used the hashtag #140memoir. The grand prize winners' tweets were chosen from all bi-weekly winners, and were awarded book prizes donated generously by Canadian publishers.

See the special announcement page for the winning tweets.


Submit

Digital Fiction Submissions Now Accepted

SubmittableCalling all fiction writers! As of May 19, The Malahat Review is accepting digital fiction submissions via Submittable. Mailed-in / paper submissions of fiction (along with poetry and creative nonfiction) are no longer being read or processed by the Malahat office.

A Submittable account is free and it's easy to join. Unlike other literary journals, we don't charge writers to submit their work using Submittable.

Submissions of short fiction may be up to 8,000 words in length. Unless the stories are very short (i.e., less than 1000 words long each), no submission may consist of more than one story. Please note that you may only send in one piece of fiction to The Malahat Review per year.

Visit our submissions page for full details, and to access our Submittable site.


Contests

2015 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize Now Accepting Submissions

CNF Contest iconIt's never too early to tell your life story, and we want to hear it!

Our annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest is OPEN and accepting entries. Childhood challenges, mid-life memoirs, octogenary oracles―send them by August 1 and you'll be in the running for $1,000, publication, and an online interview about your winning nonfiction piece. Note there is only one winner for this contest.

Entries should be between 2000-3000 words and cost $35 in Canada, $40 in the U.S., and $45 elsewhere. Additional entries cost $15 each and there's no limit to how many you can send in. Each entrant will receive a one-year subscription or renewal extension to The Malahat Review.

This year's contest judge is Jane Silcott.

Get full details on entering the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest.

Want inspiration? Read an interview with the 2014 winner, Rebecca Foust.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #51, Summer 1979

Issue #51In this issue, editor Robin Skelton authors a short essay that precedes eleven black-and-white images by the Spanish artist Mariano Villalta (1927-1984), who also contributes the untitled cover art. Skelton describes how Villalta's “paintings challenge with no definite images, but cause us to interpret them ourselves and consequently accuse ourselves.” That is to say, the poetry, fiction, and essays gathered here requisition our engagement as essential participants. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by stephen e. leckie).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: May 2015 Edition

Genevieve LehrSpring is heating up and so is our e-newsletter!

In this issue, we bring you a NEW section called Publishing Tips which will highlight separate issues in the writing world, from cover letters to submission do's-and-don'ts to contest entries. First up, submission fees to literary journals: to pay or not to submit? (Send us your TIPS and we'll pay you $50 if it gets chosen!)

Interviews: Gary Geddes and Genevieve Lehr talk Long Poem Prize wins, and Danny Jacobs lets us in on his contribution of two poems to the upcoming Spring issue.

Contests: we congratulate our National Magazine Award nominees, and invite you to enter the annual Creative Nonfiction Contest (deadline August 1; Jane Silcott will judge final entries).

Discover the May edition of Malahat lite.


News

Two Malahat Authors Nominated for National Magazine Awards

NMA logoThis just in: two of our authors are finalists for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards!

Congratulations are in the works for Kelly Cooper and Douglas Burnet Smith. Cooper's creative nonfiction piece, "Ten Easy Steps" (which originally won our Open Season Awards for CNF back in 2014), is a finalist in the Personal Journalism Category. And three of Smith's poems, "Television," "Suppose there's a place we don't know of," and "Postcard" are all contenders in the Poetry category.

See the special announcement page here.


Contests

Far Horizons Fiction Award Deadline Extension

Far Horizons 2015Due to some issues with our online payment system that took place on May 1, we're extending the deadline for the Far Horizons Short Fiction Contest to Sunday, May 3 (midnight pacific standard time).

Please note this is only for entrants who plan to pay using our online payment method; postmark dates should still be May 1.

Get full details on entering the 2015 Far Horizons Award for Fiction.


Submit

Soon to Accept Fiction Submissions Online

SubmittableStarting mid-May 2015, we will be acccepting regular fiction submissions via Submittable. This will allow us to better streamline stories that come in and to avoid the hassle of paper. Mailed-in / paper submissions of fiction will no longer be accepted by our office once online stories are accepted.

A Submittable account is free and it's easy to join. Keep track of all your submission to literary journals and save on postage, paper, paperclips...

Visit our submissions page for details on Submittable.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #48, Fall 1978

Issue #47In this issue of The Malahat, the editors (Robin Skelton, Charles Lillard, and William David Thomas) juxtapose a highly diverse collection of poems, short stories, and essays to create a collage-like effect. Included here are works by poets from Canada (including Tom Wayman and Richard Outram), Great Britain, France, the United States, Russia, and Greece. Of particular note is the gathering of eight short poems by Kathleen Raine. Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Robin Reniero).


News

Congratulations to Long Poem 2015 Winners: Gary Geddes and Genevieve Lehr

Gary GeddesThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Long Poem Prize!

Gary Geddes and Genevieve Lehr have won the Malahat's oldest poetry contest, and will each receive $1,000 and publication of their poems in the summer issue. Interviews will be posted in the May edition of Malahat lite, our monthly e-newsletter.

Thanks to contest judges Evan Jones, Anita Lahey, and Alice Major for their dedication to choosing the two winners. And a big thank you to all entrants!

Full Long Poem contest winners announcement page here.


Reviews

Issue 190, Spring 2015 Book Reviews Online

The Bricoleur and His Sentences

The Malahat Review invites its readers to leap into spring with brand new books... and what better way to choose than by reading recent book reviews?

Issue 190, Spring 2015 gets mailed out to subscribers at the end of April, but we've posted the book reviews early for you to sneak a peek at!

Reviews of poetry collections by Phyllis Webb, Dilys Leman, George Stanley; reviews of fiction by Kenneth Radu and Diane Schoemperlen; and reviews of nonfiction by Stan Dragland and Christine Lowther.

Read the reviews from Issue #190's table of contents page.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: April 2015 Edition

John ReibetanzApril's e-newsletter is chock full of literary contest updates and goodies!

Contest announcements: the Far Horizons Fiction contest deadline is approaching (May 1) - get your entries in to win $1000. And we announce the finalists for the 2015 Long Poem Prize on our website (two winners posted next week).

Interviews: Far Horizons Fiction contest judge Elyse Friedman discusses literary influences and what it takes to write well. And the 2015 Founders' Award winners John Reibetanz (pictured), Jan Zwicky, and K'ari Fisher talk about their winning pieces of poetry and fiction, respectively. See the announcement page here.

Discover the April edition of Malahat lite.


News

Take Our Survey on CanLit Submission Fees

Survey MonkeyDo you know that many literary magazines now charge for general submissions? Digital-submission managers like Submittable have changed how they manage what you send them to consider for publication.

Writer’s Relief defends the new practice: “Small admin fees can help struggling literary journals stay on their feet—and that’s good for writers. If a journal’s ability to stay viable is dependent upon charging a very small submission fee, then we at Writer’s Relief would support an ethical practice. We hope you will too.”

To launch “Publishing Tips,” a new monthly column starting in May on our website, The Malahat Review wants to know what you think. Have you ever paid to submit your work before? How much do you think would be fair? Complete our seven-question survey to have your say, then read about the survey results next month on our website and in Malahat lite.

Give us your opinion via Survey Monkey.


News

2015 Long Poem Prize Shortlist Announced

Long Poem PrizeWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Long Poem Prize! Six finalists have been posted to our website. Click here for the big reveal.

A record number of contest entries were received this year! Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winners (two) will be announced by April 17 online and through social media.

2015 Long Poem Prize contest shortlist here.

Read about the 2013 Long Poem Prize winners, Claire Caldwell and Kim Trainor.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #47, July 1978

Issue #47This themed issue of The Malahat Review showcases works by and in honour of Rafael Alberti (1902-1999), one of the most celebrated and respected literary figures in Spanish literature. “A Gathering in Honour of Rafael Alberti” brings together an impressive list of contributors to pay tribute to an artist who, in the words of guest editor William David Thomas, “is a man at the centre of Spanish cultural life.” Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Robin Reniero).


Contests

Twitter Memoir Contest Still Open... Tweet Us!

Twitter Memoir ContestWordsThaw may be over, but entries are still being accepted for our Twitter Memoir Contest! Two dates remain for Round 6 (Friday, April 3) and Round 7 (Friday, April 20). Don't forget that we'll select a grand prize winner twice as the best entries.

Until April 24, 2015, The Malahat Review, the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, and the Greater Victoria Public Library are joining forces to launch the Twitter Memoir Contest. Capture a fleeting moment in your life—comic or disturbing, bathetic or inspiring—in 140 characters or less, then tweet it to #140memoir. Note: that’s a zero in “140,” not a letter O.

The scribes of the best Twitter Memoirs will win books by emerging and established creative nonfiction writers from across Canada—all donated by the authors or their publishers.

Enter as often as you like (it's free!)—and retweet, favourite, mention, and of course, pour your heart out most succinctly! A pithy winner will be chosen every two weeks.

Click here for full details on the Twitter Memoir Contest.


Events

WordsThaw Literary Symposium Coming Up

WordsThawWordsThaw, the Malahat’s annual literary symposium, is back for 2015 with another dose of literary caffeine for writers and readers from March 20 - 22 at the University of Victoria. Featured events include readings, panel discussions, one-on-one blue pencil critiques, and a special poetry master class.

The panel discussion topics are as follows: Self-Publishing, Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, and Minority Writing.

For a list of readers, event schedules, pricing, location, and to buy tickets, see the WordsThaw site. (Lots of local writers in attendance!)


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #46, April 1978

Issue #46Issue forty-six answers previous issues’ cries for Canadian submissions with stories by George Bowering, W. P. Kinsella, and Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941 – 1987); and poems by Phyllis Webb and John V. Hicks (1907 – 1999). Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Matthew Thibeault).


Interviews

Interview with Lynne Van Luven, Moderator for Creative Nonfiction Panel at WordsThaw 2015

Lynne Van LuvenMalahat volunteer Murray Leslie talks with Lynne Van Luven about her role as moderator for Natural Divide or Shape-Shifting Chic: Negotiating Creative Nonfiction's Extremes, one of four interactive panel discussions at this year's literary symposium, WordsThaw. Panelists include Fiona Tinwei Lam, Mark Leiren-Young, and Jane Silcott.

Murray: You grew up in a small town and cut your teeth (journalistically) at the Red Deer Advocate. Do you think that writing in a small western Canadian town gives you a unique perspective on human behaviour?

Lynne: I grew up on a farm, actually, and from Grade 7 on, went to school in a small town. When I got my first job at the Red Deer Advocate, I was totally green as a reporter and I had to learn everything on the job. It is nearly impossible to have that experience today because journalism had become professionalized. And because there are so few jobs left in print journalism. What I learned as a young reporter is that everyone has a story, and that no story is beneath the telling.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

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Issue #44, July 1977

Issue #44Editor Robin Skelton recognizes a neglect of Canadian content on the International literary scene and particularly laments the lack of Canadian literature courses offered in universities (he would surely be pleased to hear of UVic’s current Canadian Literature program including courses such as Modern Canadian Fiction, Modern Canadian Poetry, and Canadian Literature in Transnational Times). Despite the introductory cry for Canadian content, the issue opens with the beginning of an autobiography from British author, Anthony Burgess (1917-1993).  Fifteen years after the publication of A Clockwork Orange, on his sixtieth birthday, Burgess writes “You’ve Had Your Time,” a very self-conscious seven-page account of his personal history.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Claire Macdonald).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: March 2015 Edition

Mike CarsonLeap into spring with this month's e-newsletter!

Contest announcements: The winners of the Founders' Awards for 2015 (poetry and fiction) have been announced. Congrats to K'ari Fisher, John Reibetanz, and Jan Zwicky on having their pieces selected!

Interviews: 2015 Open Season Award winners Rebecca Salazar, Wanda Hurren, and Mike Carson each talk with Malahat staff about their winning pieces, and the intricacies of writing. Lynne Van Luven, moderator at WordsThaw, talks about reality and creative nonfiction.

Discover the March edition of Malahat lite.


News

2015 Founders' Awards Winners Announced

Kari FisherThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Founders' Awards!

K'ari Fisher has won the Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction with her story, "Mercy Beatrice Wrestles the Noose," originally published in Issue 186.

John Reibetanz and Jan Zwicky have both won the P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry with their poems, "Fresco Magic" (Issue 186) and "Into the Gap" (Issue 187), respectively.

Founders' Awards are given to the best pieces to appear in the Malahat in the previous year. Winners also receive $1,000! Interviews will appear in April's e-newsletter.

See the announcement pages for author bios and judge citations.


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